The LPS Student Code of Conduct outlines the expectations and interventions for student behavior at school and school-related activities. In some situations, students can face disciplinary action for behavior outside the school environment. Included in the Code of Conduct is a summary of the procedural rights of students and parents within the disciplinary process.
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LPS is currently implementing a Restorative Justice pilot project through grant funding from the Colorado Department of Education. This model involves using an alternative approach to discipline in certain situations.
Restorative Justice (also known as Restorative Practices) is a philosophy in which problems are viewed as learning opportunities. Emphasis is placed on building the capacity of students (and teachers) to respond to wrongdoing and conflict in a positive manner by focusing on the problem rather than the person. This change in focus ensures the dignity of each person is respected. A restorative approach to conflict or wrongdoing consists of three key questions:
Restorative Practice uses positive discipline versus punitive discipline. People who harm others are given an opportunity to hear how their actions affect others. Those who were harmed get to talk about how the actions of others affect them and are given an opportunity to ask questions. All of the people involved in the incident get a chance to participate in plans to repair the harm.
To find out more about the use of Restorative Justice in your child’s school, contact a school administrator or your child’s assigned Counselor, Social Worker or Psychologist.
You can also contact Rita Danna
LPS Restorative Justice Facilitator at (303) 347-4743